Spain reports doubling of Shigella in 2022

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The Carlos III Health Institute In Spain, the number of shigella cases in 2022 has so far doubled compared to 2021.

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They have reported 203 cases of infection reported so far this year, compared to 99 cases recorded in 2021.

According to Miguel Angel Guinga, spokesperson for the Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology (SEIMC), “It has traditionally been associated with trips to countries with less developed sanitary conditions. Means of infection have been through personal contact, contact with surfaces and objects where bacteria are present, or Ingestion of contaminated food or water. But sexual contact can also be a route of transmission and is gaining weight in recent years. The group of cases that have emerged more recently is more closely related to this latter method of transmission.”

In February, the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC) issued an alert about detection across Europe of increased cases of shigellosis, particularly among men who have sex with men. Specifically, the European Commission warned of an increase in infections in this group by shigella sony which has also shown resistance to available antibiotics.

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